A crash on Ortega Highway near Lake Elsinore has claimed the life of a 20-year-old O.C. resident.  The accident happened late Wednesday night when the driver of a Ford F-150 reportedly lost control and drove up an embankment, causing the truck to overturn.  According to the news story in the Press Enterprise, the driver, Delbert Parada, and two of his passengers suffered only minor injuries.  However, the 20-year-old Orange County resident, Zachary Butcher, was pronounced dead at about 11:45 p.m. at the scene of the accident.  Shortly after the F150 overturned, a second truck collided with the F150, but that driver was reportedly unhurt in the collision.  Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in either accident.

See the Press Enterprise story HERE.

Ortega Highway between Orange and Riverside Counties has a notorious reputation for being dangerous.  A higher than average number of injury and fatal accidents reportedly occur on the Highway 74.  A quick search of "Ortega Highway accidents" on Google reveals just how prevalent automobile and motorcycle accidents are on the Ortega.  Given Highway 74's well-deserved reputation, it is the obligation of every driver to operate their vehicle in a manner safe for the prevailing conditions.  On a winding road, like Highway 74, every driver should ensure they are not traveling at a speed that might be too fast for the curves they are likely to encounter.  Failing to adjust your speed so as to accommodate for sudden, unexpected turns is negligent driving, which is likely to cause a tragic accident, like the one above.

Compensation for the victims of automobile accidents caused by a careless driver and/or a dangerous roadway should  be an important concern for all Californians.   When a driver operates their vehicle at a speed unsafe for the conditions, considering the curvature of the road and related hazards, they should be held accountable.   A California injury lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.   Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years years of experience handling automobile accident cases caused by unsafe roadways and negligent drivers.   He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a loved one been injured or killed in an accident caused by a careless driver and/or a dangerous roadway?

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